Case Study: Utilizing Nautilytics' Investment Opportunity Map to Underwrite Agricultural Sector Investment

Nautilytics’ pioneering use of dynamic mapping quickly renders customized projections of where you see your value chain extending by highlighting the most desirable sites to build demand driven infrastructure to support your company’s growth anywhere in the world.


The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is an initiative that builds upon previous commitments to abate hunger in Africa including, Feed the Future, Grow Africa, and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. New Alliance partners include the G8, private companies and several African countries, namely Ghana, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. Since New Alliance's inception in 2012, over 160 companies have committed to planned investments exceeding $7 billion.

Problem Statement

As part of New Alliance's 2013 Progress Report Summary, private company partners reported that they faced some key challenges to deploying capital and/or increasing investments "...where the conditions are right." Chief among these factors are infrastructure constraints. While the immediate response to combating a shortage in food supply is to increase agricultural production, it has become obvious that the necessary physical infrastructure required to support that growth is either non-existent or incapable of handling the additional volume. This places a real limitation on private companies' ability to pursue their investment goals.


Nautilytics' Investment Opportunity Map visualizes the intersection between geo-spatial data and production forecasts to spur future investment by using three dynamic tools to solve the infrastructure gap


As an increase in forecasted production volume will in turn drive the addition of various types of new physical infrastructure such as warehouses and processing facilities, the custom heat map ranks the importance of proximity to electrical grids, roads and water sources. By first isolating the most optimal location for new construction, the question of where to break ground on new physical plant is answered before determining how many of what type of new infrastructure is needed.

Forecast Module

Nautilytics' proprietary Forecast Module projects future growth in production volume which, if it exceeds a mathematically significant level, triggers the immediate appearance of forecasted infrastructure markers on the map in proportion to the quantity that are required to meet the new level of future production. For example, in the case of the Tamale District in Northern Ghana, forecasting an increase in maize production of approximately 10,000 tons by 2018 would require the construction of three new warehouses.

Forecasted Infrastructure Marker

A draggable forecasted infrastructure marker signifying each new warehouse that appears on the map may be freely moved with relative point-to-point distances being automatically calculated and displayed to indicate the exact geo-coded position of the optimal site.


Current methods to assist investors with first determining what new infrastructure is necessary to support rising crop production is crude and secondly, site selection is time-consuming and inaccurate. Nautilytics' Investment Opportunity Map solves both critical investor demands simultaneously.

  • Previously, investors hired consultants to manually identify or posit a guess for the most optimal locations, but that is no longer necessary with the dynamic tools provided in the Investment Opportunity Map.

  • All relevant information and forecast assumptions alike benefit from being updated with latest available data, so results are always current.

  • Intuitive, flexible and portable, the application aids in the precision ag decision making process in the field as well as in investors' home office.

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